Caring for a Loved One with Dementia: A Mindfulness-Based Guide for Reducing Stress and Making the Best of Your Journey Together
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If you’re caring for a loved one with dementia, you know firsthand the challenge of providing care while maintaining your own well-being. Caring for a Loved One with Dementia offers a compassionate and effective mindfulness-based dementia care (MBDC) guide to help you reduce stress, stay balanced, and bring ease into your interactions with the person with dementia.
In this book, you’ll learn how to approach caring with calm, centered presence; respond to your loved one with compassion; and maintain authentic communication, even in the absence of words. Most importantly, you’ll discover ways to manage the grief, anger, depression, and other emotions often associated with dementia care, so you can find strength and meaning in each moment you spend with your loved one.
you anticipate that your life is going to be miserable and you tell yourself, It’s going to be all downhill from here. Magnification (Catastrophizing) or Minimization: When comparing yourself to others, you always come up short. For instance, you may compare yourself to others in your support group and think, They are so good with their loved ones, unlike me. Emotional Reasoning: You think your negative emotions reflect the way things are. For example, you think, I feel useless, therefore I am
the person. Make friends with the aides and nurses, compliment them on what they do well; they will be your most effective advocates. Coach the staff on the person’s preferences and some key biographical information; type a list and have it posted next to the vital signs chart. Bring “home” to the room in form of family photos, flowers, favorite foods, a pillow or quilt, and familiar music. If at all possible, request a single room. Minimize distress from noise and commotion. Shut the door, and
accredited instructor. It will be well worth your time. Layer that knowledge with mindful attention as you prepare to assist your loved one. Mindful assistance with transfers includes proper attention to your posture and taking the time to go through each step without rushing. It will also help to involve the other person and be true partners in lifting. Here are some pointers. Informal Practice: If the person is sitting or lying in bed, ask to sit with her first. Take the time to connect.
knowledge about every aspect of dementia care. Most important is to find a group that is relevant to your situation in terms of dementia type and stage. Getting Respite If and when you are ready for help, you may consider the following options. Friends and Family You will need to know how to ask for help. Be specific as to the kind of help you need, and leave the door open for a refusal. Some websites are making it easier. You can invite your friends and family to join, and then post any
the journey can stretch as long as twenty years. Being a dementia caregiver is akin to running a marathon you did not sign up for (Alzheimer’s Association 2015). Multiple impairments Dementia negatively impacts multiple aspects of functioning: cognitive, behavioral, language, and motor. This means you need to care for the person not just cognitively, but also emotionally, socially, and physically. Intensity As the disease progresses, the person requires more and more care, to the point of